Autry Ellison says he has a big hand and he holds it up to show off a giant Atlantic white jumbo shrimp that is dangling above his scale at the High Springs Farmers’ Market.
Vendors like Ellison, who said he gets his frozen shrimp from Jacksonville and sells it for $9 a pound, are happy to be back in business.
On Friday July 3rd, the High Springs Farmers’ Market opened back up at its new location right next to City Hall. More than a dozen entrepreneurs set up under canopies offering their goods. The market moved from the Main Street location and will set up every Friday from Noon to 4 p.m. in the parking lot.
Miss Ruby’s famous peanut brittle is now being crafted and sold by Maddie Moore. She will even share the award winning recipe with you. “She sold her candy for 40 years,” Moore said.
Sanna Rocks is selling crystals and rings and offers hand sanitizer for browsing customers.
Alice Dixon is a local senior citizen who belongs to the Women’s Club. She said she is happy to have the market back open. “First of all, they are very friendly,” she said about the vendors. “I love the produce. It’s always so fresh and a nice variety.”
Farmer Ramon Angeles is selling a variety of fruits and vegetables including 2-foot-long jubilee watermelons for $5.
Ashlena Kurtz has a stand with her three sons Gideon, 10, Gussie,6, and Titan, 7. She said she is trying to teach her kids that it’s not so easy just to go get whatever we want.
“I’m trying to teach them hard work and how far a dollar goes,” she said. They are selling homemade garden beds and starter herb plants.
Alachua-based Shaved Ice truck is run by Danny Jones. There’s Hawaiian shaved ice with fresh fruit and sprinkle cups to snack on. Jones said he bought the truck and refurbished it himself just in time for the hottest of summer days.
For more information on the High Springs Farmers’ Market, visit the High Springs Farmers' Market Facebook page.